NHL Playoffs Hockey

Boston Bruins (+105) at Carolina Hurricanes (-120), 8 p.m. ET, NBCSN

The Carolina Hurricanes and Boston Bruins battle it out on the PNC Arena ice in Raleigh for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final on Tuesday. Check out BetAmerica’s analysis of the matchup, along with a free pick below!

NHL Free Pick: Boston Bruins +105

Analysis

The Carolina Hurricanes look to cut into Boston’s two-game series lead. The oddsmakers believe the Hurricanes have a shot, listing them as -120 favorites on Tuesday night. At home, Carolina has gone 29-13-2-2. The Hurricanes are also 5-0 in their last 5 games as a favorite of -110 to -150. The home team in the series is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings. Finally, the favorite is 9-2 in the last 11 meetings.

Although Carolina should play better on Tuesday, the team appears a cut below Boston. The Bruins have dominated the first two matchups. They beat the Hurricanes 5-2 in Game 1 and 6-2 in Game 2. Boston is also 7-1 in the last 8 meetings, 4-1 in its last 5 road games, and 5-0 in its last 5 versus a team with a winning record.

The Bruins have been more efficient with their shots. Carolina outshot Boston 31-28 in Game 1. Boston only outshot Carolina 25-23 in Game 2. Trends are important. Stats and what we see on the ice mean as much in this series. The Boston Bruins are just better than the Carolina Hurricanes. They will take Game 3.


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